A drop saved is a drop earned is now rightly apt with over 400 restaurants in the west of Pune after the civic authorities have announced a cut in supply.
From water being served first the moment you take your seat at a restaurant to asking for water to be served whenever required. The story just doesn’t end there. It’s the beginning of what could possibly be a threat to survival.
Its been said that Pune Restaurant and Hotelier’s association president Ganesh Shetty along with the owners of the restaurants have come up with a plan that could save water.
“We serve only half glasses of water and we don’t refill unless asked, the leftover water is recycled and used for watering plants and cleaning the floor,” Mr Shetty explained. “Many places have put in new toilets which use less water, we have put in water harvesting plants and the staff are briefed on minimising water use.”
Pune is a city of 4 million people and gets water from Khadakwasala Dam which caters the needs of the nearby residents. So, water crisis around this region is a rarity.
The first time Pune suffered from water crisis was 2 years ago, and water supply during March and April were cut down by 50% which means, the city got water once every two days. Civic authorities have handled the situation in a stringent way which has brought things back to normalcy.
However,this year, the residents have taken it up on their sleeves to counter the crisis. With restaurants and hoteliers taking the initiative by serving half a glass of water to all their guests there by reducing almost 800 litres of water a day.
“’This year, Pune received excessive rainfall. Where’s the water gone?’
City-based water conservation expert, Col Shashikant Dalvi, wondered if “panic buttons have been pressed in October itself, how will we face the challenge in the summer months?”
The 2016 crisis was because of deficient rainfall, he says.
“But this year, Pune had excessive rainfall until the end of July. The dams were full. So where has the water gone,” a flustered Dalvi asked.
Leakages could be one of the reasons where majority of the water is lost and fixing the same should be on the priority list for civic authorities.
But for now, the praiseworthy act from Pune restaurants in dealing with water shortage will set a benchmark for the rest of the country to follow.